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Kathy

I may as well cancel cable now that I am hooked on audible.

Penndel, PA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2254)
    Performance
    (2038)
    Story
    (2044)

    Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.... Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle.

    Staaj says: "Surpised by how much I enjoyed it"
    "Can't turn this off!"
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    Where does Cinder rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have some excellent books, but so far, this is the best! The narration is stunning and the story is, at the same time, strikingly familiar, yet new and unique.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Such an unconventional, yet familiar theme. While I think I might know what will happen, I can't stop listening.


    Have you listened to any of Rebecca Soler’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first time I've heard Rebecca Soler. She's amazing---so many characters; done so well. At the risk of sounding stuffy--this lady has remarkable diction and a beautiful tone.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    So far, I have only listened to Part One and am now writing this review as I am downloading the second part.


    Any additional comments?

    Even though this is the familiar girl-seeking-identity genre---it is a new twist and very compelling.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2864)
    Performance
    (2408)
    Story
    (2416)

    History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

    Martha says: "Get Out Your Hankies"
    "I hated to see this end!"
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    An intriguing idea ( genetic memory) enveloped in a wonderfully told story. Add in an amazing narrator, and I'd say this is the best listen so far here on Audible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1632)
    Performance
    (1091)
    Story
    (1093)

    It is the summer of 1950 and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia's family calls home. A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw.

    Midi says: "Terrific story...spot-on narration"
    "Flavia is adorable!"
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    What a pleasure to listen to a wonderfully well-developed mystery that wasn't bogged down by vulgarity and sexual innuendo. While I didn't realize I had purchased a book that could have been marketed to tweens, I found it refreshing and delightful. The narrator's accent didn't seem totally authentic, but was child-like, charming, and full of expression. The story unfolded brilliantly, and the ending was quite suspenseful. All-in-all, I'm not the least bit ashamed to say I thoroughly enjoyed this tale!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27238)
    Performance
    (20981)
    Story
    (21062)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "I didn't think I would LIKE it; but....."
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    Roy Dotrice performed so brilliantly that I was drawn in to the story. I actually thought it was the genre I am more accustomed to: historical fiction. As the story became more complex, and the characters were unwrapped, I was pleasantly surprised at how well the female characters were described and developed.

    Apart from a few redundant phrases and a little too much vulgarity for my taste, this was wonderfully well-written When it became more obvious that it was a fantasy (towards the end) I was so looking forward to finding out what happened to each character, that I could better deal with the ending. I think I will get the second book after all---I really need to know what happens to Aria and Sensa (that 's the one bad thing about Audible books--I guess at the spelling of the names)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2347)
    Performance
    (2067)
    Story
    (2054)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "Exciting right up until the end!"
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    What did you love best about The Chaperone?

    Elizabeth McGovern was the perfect performer for this book. She WAS Cora! She made this book alive and calmly played the part during each surprising turn of events.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Chaperone?

    SPOILER ALERT**
    The revelation of Alan's real love-life. NEVER saw that coming.


    Have you listened to any of Elizabeth McGovern’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I enjoyed seeing her in Downton Abbey, but other than that, have not heard her other Audible performances. I will go look for them now, though.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did get a little blurry-eyed towards the end of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I hadn't ever heard of the book and now I think it's the best so far!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Voice in the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1144)
    Performance
    (705)
    Story
    (717)

    This heart-stirring tale of a young slave girl, torn between her love for a handsome aristocrat and her faith in God, transcends genres with its awe-inspiring power and emotional intensity.

    Allicia says: "Christian Fiction That Doesn't Back Down"
    "I couldn't believe this was Francine Rivers"
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    What would have made A Voice in the Wind better?

    nothing could have saved this story--it was purely gratuitous violence and gore


    Has A Voice in the Wind turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no, just wary of this author--I loved her earlier books. This is a real departure from her usual style


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know what she was thinking when she started this book---it is not at all compelling in any way. Seems like she sold out to the worldly view of unnecessary graphic violence in order to sell a book---it just doesn't work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brain Trust: Free Excerpt

    • UNABRIDGED (22 mins)
    • By Garth Sundem
    • Narrated By Garth Sundem
    Overall
    (358)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (280)

    How much better would your life be if you had an army of Nobel Laureates, MacArthur ‘geniuses’ and National Medal of Science winners whispering tips in your ear about your body language, or how to resist that impulse purchase you’ll regret tomorrow, or when to sell your car - or even helping you trick your spouse into doing the dishes?

    Ed says: "Not Worth The Time"
    "An author who's passionate about his research!"
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    Would you listen to Brain Trust: Free Excerpt again? Why?

    Actually, I would like to have the whole book, but I don't see how to get it. I would listen to it again, however, with someone else so that we could chat about it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author / narrator is so obviously captivated by his research that his excitement is catching. He really made it enjoyable! I liked the variety of vignettes, and the fact that some of the researchers he described were women.


    Have you listened to any of Garth Sundem’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    actually, this is the first Gart Sundem for me


    Any additional comments?

    I wish there was some way to make a more noticeable delineation between each of the short stories. I wasn't always aware of when one had ended and another was beginning or if they were related to each other.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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